I’m on my own this weekend; the girl is somewhere between Paris and Perpignan on a train with her dad, and the other half is on a stag weekend in Dieppe (though, as the four of them are mid to late 50’s, perhaps ‘contented Elks weekend’ is more apt a description!).
So treating myself to some linguini with clams in light cream sauce, and opened a bottle of English Chardonnay from Kingscote from the 2014 vintage (a good year, I believe), which we bought in the winery:
This is a truly lovely home-grown Chardonnay! Complexity perhaps lacking a little, but what it gives, it gives happily – lemon, apple, spring blossom and flint dominate the nose, and on the palate this is a delicate, dry and zesty example (albeit with quite an unctuous mouthfeel for an English wine!), with ripe pear, apple and maybe even some peach. There’s a nice tangerine note on the finish, which is very lively and leaves a pleasant tingle. The clams should go down well with a couple glasses of this!